Change Accelerator

As planetary crisis is upon us, leaders need to act and be equipped to influence and drive change. Change Accelerator is a two-month programme bringing together experienced business leaders from across the built environment who want to play a central role in leading transformational change in their businesses.
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April 1, 2021


Education & Leadership



Applications are now open for the 2022 Change Accelerator cohort. See below for details, prospectus and application form. 

Change Accelerator is a two-month programme aimed at middle to senior level business leaders (+15 years’ experience) working in the built environment, with real influence over business strategy and a remit for change. 

Running from September to November 2022, the course aims to facilitate a systemic shift in the sustainability of the built environment. By the end of the programme, participants will have gained a fresh perspective and be connected to a network of peers who will support them in the delivery of bold and sustainable outcomes at their own organisations. 

The Change Accelerator objectives are to: 

  1. Expose participants to cutting edge leadership insights, delivered through a mix of learning techniques and peer-to-peer dialogue. 
  2. Redefine participants’ own leadership purpose and increase understaning of how to influence systems and hone storytelling techniques to maximize influence and deliver transformational change at organisational level. 
  3. Apply a new frame of thinking to existing challenges, leveraging shared insights and developing a strategy to positively achieve sectoral change. 

The Change Accelerator programme consists of the following key components: 

  1. Purpose 
    Kick-off call – 20th September
    Residential session – 4-5th October (including overnight accommodation)
  2. Storytelling 
    Check-in Webinar – 18th October
    Storytelling workshop – 12th October (1 day London)
  3. Systems change 
    29th-30th November (London) 

Participants work on their own business change which they define through the programme. The learning between sessions is estimated as 2 days in total. 

As with our other leadership programmes, applications for Change Accelerator are highly competitive, and we accept a maximum of two applicants from each organisation. 

If you have any further questions, please contact Elfrida Hamilton Russell. 


The cost per person for the full programme is as follows.  

  • UKGBC members: £2995* 

(Gold Leaf members receive a 10% discount) 

  • Non-members: £4399* 

*Discounts and bursary places available for public sector, SME and not-for-profit organisations. Please contact us for more information. 

Testimonials from Change Accelerator 2021 Alumni

What a truly inspirational but practical leadership course, I enjoyed every minute, even the bits where I was way out of my comfort zone. Elfrida and her team created such a safe space to deeply explore our personal purpose and the change we want to see. I really feel like I’ve finished the course with a group of professional friends and I hope those relationships continue to grow over the coming months and years. The programme has helped so much. The time, space and novel techniques, particularly at Hawkwood, were so refreshing. Delving deep to try and get to the bottom of my own purpose and then thinking about how to apply this throughout my career has been truly enlightening. I’ve learnt so much from everyone on the course, hearing their stories and it’s given me the confidence to be myself and do my own thing. Most importantly I feel so much more confident to challenge and do things differently.Penny Gowler, Elliot Wood 

It might sound cliched, however it has genuinely accelerated my business change journey. It provided the impetus and the headspace to recognise the importance and priority to ‘get it done’. It has broadened my leadership skills by building on my ability to tell a story and appeal to the emotional/’feeling’ argument. Nick Jones, Retirement Villages